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Moon U.S. Civil Rights Trail

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Date de parution: January 12th 2021

Moon U.S. Civil Rights Trail

A Traveler's Guide to the People, Places, and Events that Made the Movement

The U.S. Civil Rights Trail offers a vivid glimpse into the story of Black America's fight for freedom and equality. From eye-opening landmarks to celebrations of triumph over adversity, experience a tangible piece of history with Moon U.S. Civil Rights Trail.
  • Flexible Itineraries: Travel the entire trail through the South, or take a weekend getaway to Charleston, Birmingham, Jackson, Memphis, Washington DC, and more places significant to the Civil Rights Movement
  • Historic Civil Rights Sites: Learn about Dr. King's legacy at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, be transformed at the small but mighty Emmett Till Intrepid Center, and stand tall with Little Rock Nine at their memorial in Arkansas
  • The Culture of the Movement: Get to know the voices, stories, music, and flavors that shape and celebrate Black America both then and now. Take a seat at a lunch counter where sit-ins took place or dig in to heaping plates of soul food and barbecue. Spend the day at museums that connect our present to the past or spend the night in the birthplace of the blues
  • Expert Insight: Award-winning journalist Deborah Douglas offers her valuable perspective and knowledge, including suggestions for engaging with local communities by supporting Black-owned businesses and seeking out activist groups
  • Travel Tools: Find driving directions for exploring the sites on a road trip, tips on where to stay, and full-color photos and maps throughout
  • Detailed coverage of: Charleston, Atlanta, Selma to Montgomery, Birmingham, Jackson, the Mississippi Delta, Little Rock, Memphis, Nashville, Raleigh, Durham, Virginia, and Washington DC
  • Foreword by Bree Newsome Bass: activist, filmmaker, and artist 
Journey through history, understand struggles past and present, and get inspired to create a better future with Moon U.S. Civil Rights Trail.

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Regular Price $17.99

Regular Price $22.99 CAD

Page Count: 540

ISBN-13: 9781640499164

Meet The Author: Deborah Douglas

Deborah Douglas is an award-winning journalist, cultural critic, and thought leader specializing in African-American history and politics, particularly the American South and the Great Migration.

Deborah lives in Chicago, where she was born, but is a self-described product of the Great Migration: she started school in post-riot Detroit and came of age of Memphis. After graduating from Northwestern, she traveled the country as a reporter, eventually landing in Jackson, Mississippi. She’s taught best practices to journalists in Karachi, Pakistan, taught in South Africa twice, studied HIV and malaria prevention in Tanzania, and traveled to Kenya, Tunisia, and Senegal, among many others. She’s currently the Eugene S. Pulliam Distinguished Visiting Professor at DePauw University, where she is creating courses to show student-journalists how to center marginalized voices in their work.

She serves as the managing editor of MLK50: Justice Through Journalism, a reporting project examining the economic realities of Memphis, Tennessee, 50+ years since Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated there. Previously, she led the Chicago Sun-Times newsroom, served as an adjunct lecturer at Medill, and has contributed to VICE, Time, Pacific Standard, American Prospect, The Grio and The (NAACP) Crisis magazine. In her career, she’s had the honor of speaking with civil rights icons including Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rev. Dr. Bernice King, and Rev. Martin King III. She has been recognized for her work by Oprah magazine, the New York Times, and the Chicago Journalists Association.

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"With this superb book—at once a reference work and a travel guide—about locations pivotal to the U.S. civil rights movement, Douglas raises the bar for other historically oriented travel books...Laden with information, this affecting guide provides a nuanced and powerful representation of Black Americans’ fight for freedom and equality. For every library."—Library Journal
“This guidebook provides a severely under-covered travel adventure, explained clearly, with impressive research breadth and depth. Journalist Deborah D. Douglas mixes history with contemporary knowledge to inspire civil rights-related travel as a concept and then illuminates how that concept plays out in 13 separate geographic locales.”—Society of American Travel Writers’ Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Awards

"Douglas uses her journalism skills to bring the history of these sites to life by profiling the people who make them what they are today, local restaurants to enjoy and even a playlist of music to enjoy along the way."


"Moon U.S. Civil Rights Trail, written by award-winning journalist and professor Deborah D. Douglas, opens up an opportunity for direct interaction with Black communities, landmarks, cultural staples and many overlooked yet significant locations in the history of the civil rights movement of the 1950s and '60s."

NBC News

"The book is an invitation to explore that history [outside our front doors], and to embrace our role in shaping it for the better every day."

The Washington Post

"From the port where enslaved Africans entered America to the home where Medgar Evers was murdered, a new guidebook helps readers explore for themselves the history, the landmarks and the watershed moments of the Black American struggle for equality and justice."

Associated Press
"It reads like a friend’s travel recommendation, not a stuffy guidebook, and captures the importance of each location...There are detailed maps and beautiful, full color photos which make you want to hop in the car and grab a plate of fried chicken from The Four Way. It’s a travel guide you won’t want to miss out on reading."—The Covington Leader
"Douglas’ care for ethical travel involves utmost respect for the business owners and residents along the trail."—NewsNation Now

"With profiles of national leaders and local heroes, helpful timelines, a suggested playlist and personal insights, Deborah’s U.S. Civil Rights Trail guide is the perfect companion for a journey along the Trail. Her book enhances the experience of the movement and it offers a deeper dive into an important time in America’s history."

World Footprints
"Award-winning journalist and author Deborah Douglas takes readers through an eye-opening journey in her book."—Travel Noire

"While some travel guides focus on history, few do so in the level of detail as Douglas’…Douglas carefully scrutinizes source material from the movement, synthesizing facts and sharing her own impressions."

The DePauw

"The book is filled with...moving moments — trials and struggles alongside triumphs and celebrations."

Memphis Magazine
“The best sort of guide—one equal parts narrative, historical, and service-forward.”—AFAR Magazine
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